History was made in Geelong on Tuesday 24th September 2013, when the Greater Geelong Council passed a motion to fly the Aboriginal flag on the City Hall alongside the Australian one. Councillor Eddy Kontelj introduced the motion by saying: "we will fly the Aboriginal flag prominently, proudly and permanently in Geelong".

Members and staff of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op alongside One Fire Reconciliation Group members were there to hear and applaud the decision. Work will be done to put up the new flag poles, and we look forward to the flag raising and celebrations.


Reconciliation Week was strong and encouraging in Geelong this year.

Myranda Tournier: a young woman from Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, co-ordinated the event with support from other members of the Working Group.

We received some good media coverage: newspapers & radio, plus increased support from politicians. The Mayor: Keith Fagg raised the flag with Uncle David Tournier at Reconciliation in the Park, and the activities included boomerang making, music from Jayden Lillyst, information on Constitutional Recognition with Morgan Coleman (photo below), the new booklet: The Wadda Wurrung people and the launch of a new podcast: ‘Johnston Park Dreaming’ – see ‘Djillong local history page of this website.

Geelong Gallery supported local schools to receive basket making skills, and with some beautiful paintings the art work from four schools was shown at the Gallery plus 3 local libraries during the week.

Thanks to City of Greater Geelong, Reconciliation Victoria and Reconciliation Australia for grants towards the event.

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Johnstone Park

10am to 3pm

Sunday June 2nd 2013

Celebrate & recognise our unique Australian Aboriginal Culture

Free, Fun & Cultural activities
Je Be Weng Dancers, Jayden Lillyst (Musician), Emu Egg carving, Boomerang making, Digeridoo, The Storyteller, Basket weaving, Jewellery making, Djillong local history, Constitutional Recognistion, Face painting, Jumping castle
BBQ and more

Reconciliation Art Exhibition from local schools at the
Geelong Art Gallery & local libraries

“Let's talk recognition”
Morgan Coleman: a young Torres Strait Islander man, will provide a short talk on Constitutional Recognition, and invite younger people to join him and local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in discussions about the moves towards changing the Australian Constitution through a referendum.
Local schools are invited to bring their High School students to participate in this event.




Referendum on the Australian Constitution?


Join the conversation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Constitutional recognition. Daphne Yarram, Board Member, National Congress of First People will speak about this next step for reconciliation, linked to history of Djillong - our local Aboriginal history.


Time: Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Waurn Ponds Library

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Recognise – 13th February 2013

The campaign launch connected with the passing of the Act for Recognition in Parliament: House of Representatives


Tanya Hosch - Recognise Deputy Campaign Director

“A movement is growing to recognise the long and impressive first chapter of Australia’s national story, and banish the lingering stain of discrimination from our Constitution; including the section that still says that the States can ban people from voting based on their race.”

Jason Grenville - CEO National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

“It’s a choice about whether we continue to live apart from one another, or we set off on the next chapter of our national story on a new footing of recognition and acknowledgement.”




GOFRG has received a grant from Reconciliation Australia to do a small local project to raise awareness about the potential referendum to change the Australian Constitution.

We will be conducting sessions with 10 local groups over the next few months, including one with Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group members & friends on 19th March - 7.30pm at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op.

See the 'Recognise' website for updates on referendum activity -

Here is some recent information from them:

On Wednesday, February 13, we'll get a chance to hear from two of the next generation of Indigenous achievers about why recognition matters to them.

This is the day the Parliament is expected to vote on the Act of Recognition. You are welcome to view the debate in the public gallery at Parliament House and be there in person to see history unfold.

Two impressive leaders, Jason Glanville (CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence) and Tanya Hosch (Deputy Campaign Director – Recognise) will make their first addresses to the National Press Club in Canberra at lunchtime that same day.

They'll make the case for putting respect and fairness at the heart of our founding document, for making it even more Australian, and how this moment could bring our nation together – after so many chapters apart.

On 28th November 2012 the Australian Government took an important step towards recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s Constitution with the introduction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 into Parliament.

This Act of Recognition provides an opportunity for Parliament to show its support and commitment to constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples.
See: http://www.indigenous.gov.au/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islanders-peoples-recognition-bill/